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Throughout history many men and woman have received credit for inventing products that were actually the result of a larger group effort. This is not the case with Berners-Lee as he alone is responsible for the design of the World Wide Web.
ENQUIRE was a software project written in 1980 by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, which was the predecessor to the World Wide Web in 1989. It was a simple hypertext program that had some of the same ideas as the Web and the Semantic Web but was different in several important ways.
According to Berners-Lee, the name was inspired by a book entitled Enquire Within Upon Everything.
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has won the first-ever Millennium Technology Prize -- worth 1 million euros (US$1.2 million) -- which is bestowed by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation. 04/15/04
Sir Tim Berners-Lee holds the 3Com Founders Chair at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and is director of the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society and is also a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society. He won the Royal Academy of Engineering's first Whittle Medal in 2001.
He was born in 1955 and brought up in London, the son of two mathematicians who met while working on the Ferranti Mark I, the first commercially available computer.
He learned to enjoy mathematics and developed a fascination for electronics. While an undergraduate at Oxford, he built his own computer from an old TV and an M6800 processor. After graduation, he worked with Plessey Telecommunications on distributed transaction systems and then with DG Nash on multitasking operating systems.
He then spent six months as a software consultant at CERN, where he would return later as a Fellow after three years back in the United Kingdom as technical director of Image Computer Systems, designing real-time communication graphics.
Al Gore and the Internet
Al Gore, of Blood and Gore hedge fund, is also looking to ride to riches and fame on the next market bubble ie. "carbon swaps." First he creates the internet, and now he's going to save the world from global warming. What a guy.